Monday, October 30, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - Week of October 29, 2017

Pan fried Yellow Zucchini breaded in cornmeal.

We had SO much zucchini this year. I can only shred and freeze so much, so we asked around for new recipes to try - we already had quite a list of our own. This was a recommendation from a friend.  It was perfectly good, though it's not a new favorite. It will make a nice addition to our menus when we need a break from our 'usual' recipes.

We have a kind of crazy week this week - with events two days this week and another event on Saturday .  That means we set up the menu to deliberately have leftovers for several meals.  We're eating mostly form the pantry and freezers as well. Normally, we'd still have a week or two before the garden stragglers are done but we had snow this last weekend, so we're officially done.  Sigh. 

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, October 29th, Confirmation Day (at church):
     Breakfast: Toast, Banana-Raspberry Smoothies
     Lunch: At various Confirmation Parties
     Snack: More Confirmation Parties
     Dinner: Meatball Soup, Cornbread

Monday, October 30,:
     Breakfast: Biscuits, Eggs, Applesauce
     Lunch: Leftover Soup
     Snack: Cut Veggies
     Dinner: Apple BBQ Chicken, Rice, Apple-Grape Salad

Tuesday, October 31, Reformation Day, All Hallows Eve, Halloween:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Dates and Walnuts
     Lunch: Leftover Chicken and Rice
     Snack: Cut Veggies
     Dinner: Leftover Meatball Soup

Wednesday, November 1:
     Breakfast: Lemon Scones, Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie
     Lunch: Salad with Leftover Chicken and Cranberries
     Snack: Cut Veggies
     Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Leftover Meatball Soup

Thursday, November 2:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Yogurt, Dates and Chia Seeds
     Lunch: Leftover Chicken and Rice
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: Roasted Potatoes, Yams, Cabbage, and Carrots, Homemade French Bread

Friday, November 3:
     Brunch: At a Friend's House
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

Saturday, November 4:
     Brunch: Potato and Ham Frittata, Applesauce    
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: At an Event
     Dessert: Root Beer Floats (a parishoner kindly give us a gift card to get ice cream in honor of my husband's ordination anniversary)

What are you eating this week?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Super Savings Saturday - $30.17 Shopping Trip

Holy cow - a post two days in a row! Are you as surprised as I am? *Grin*

No photo, though.  I just didn't get to that today when we went to the store.

We went to one store today.  We've been trying to really watch our pennies lately (long story that I may tell sometime) so we shopped today with what I had in my wallet. 

Here's what we purchased:

One 15oz can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)  $0.99
One 18oz jar of  Applesauce $1.99
1lb carrots $0.99
1.95lbs Harrelson Apples 1.95lbs @ $1.69/lb = $3.30
2.18lbs Yams 2.18lbs@ $0.99/lb = $2.16
One Red Mango $1.49
One gallon 1% Milk $3
Two 8oz Cheese 2 @ $0.99ea = $1.98
5 8oz Yogurt Cups 5 @ $3/5 = $3
Carving Pumpkins 2 @ $3.99 = $7.98

Total Spent: $30.17
Total Saved (According to the receipt)): $3.10 (9%)

We did not make it to the pumpkin patch this year so, we bought pumpkins so the children can carve pumpkins and roast seeds.  We had almost everything we needed for meals this week, so we just bought some basic produce - fruit and carrots - and dairy. We still have quite a bit of produce - green beans , tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, and spinach. And enough meat for at least a short while.

Come back Monday to see what we're eating!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Frugal Friday - End of October

Tap.  Tap. Tap.  This thing still working?  *SMILE*

Yep, pretty sure this still works!

I hope everyone is well and having a good fall.

We have been busy.  All the typical things plus 3 funerals, 2 weddings, two family events, and a short trip to visit friends have taken up the weekends.  It's all been good. I'm really ready for a weekend at home! Thankfully, this is that weekend. Even better the children are off today and we got a cozy day at home.  Good thing too - it's snowing here in Minnesota today.  Not a ton of snow (what we usually call a 'dusting').

Anyhow, frugal things from the last week or so, now that I have time to pause:

* Made bread, soft pretzels, zucchini bread, and waffles here a home.

* Made soft pretzels with the Sunday School children at church as part of our month-long celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

* Used craft supplies and Lego's we had on hand to complete a school project the children needed to complete.

* Our daughter used ribbon we already owned and a charm she bought with babysitting money to make herself a necklace.

* I used fabric scraps from previous sewing to make a baby quilt for our niece, who is expecting her first baby next month.

* I cleaned out and reorganized the freezers. Then I made a menu through the end of the year, which means we can buy fewer groceries through the end of the year.

* Our son helped me pick green tomatoes this week, before the snow and freeze. I have them ripening in a paper bag on the windowsill in the kitchen.  We’ll enjoy BLT’s this next week.

* My husband brought home a loaf of banana-walnut bread and a jar of current jam from a local organization’s Pastor Appreciation dinner.  Yum!

* The children made Halloween costumes using what we had at home.  We did give them $5 each for any needed supplies.  Our son is going to be Poseidon from the Percy Jackson series – swim trunks he owns, a Hawaiian style shirt borrowed from my husband and a trident bought at a thrift store and painted with paint we had on hand.  Our daughter is a show girl, using a dance costume and tights from a previous year at dance, a pair of my shoes, a top hat bought at the thrift store and a wooden dowel painted black and white for a dance cane.  They turned out great!

I think that’s it for now.  What did you do this week that is frugal?